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The potential cost of multiple DUIs

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2023 | DUI/DWI

If you have ever faced DUI charges, you know what a wake-up call they can be. You probably thought you would not be caught but then realized the consequences of this charge are often severe. 

In the months after a DUI charge, you probably took steps to avoid this situation again, knowing another DUI would result in even more severe consequences. Knowing the true cost of a second or even third DUI will help you understand how serious the charges are

Potential penalties for a second DUI conviction

A first DUI may have felt like a costly inconvenience, but that’s a dangerous way to think. If you are convicted of a second DUI, the potential consequences include the following:

  • The requirement to use an ignition interlock device
  • Mandatory instruction hours at the IDRC (Intoxicated Driver Resource Center)
  • Negative impact on your job
  • Up to 30 days of community service
  • Increased insurance costs
  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • Ongoing charges of $1,000 a year for up to three years
  • Fees and fines of $750 or more
  • Loss of driving privileges for 24 months

As you can see, the cost of a second DUI is significant. However, you may also lose your job, be unable to drive or have your driving restricted. 

Potential penalties for a third DUI conviction

A third DUI comes with even more serious consequences. For example, if convicted, you face mandatory jail time and can lose your driver’s license for up to 10 years. If you refuse a breath test, there are separate penalties you will face. In fact, the consequences could be as serious as penalties for a DUI conviction. 

Understanding your rights when charged with DUI

You must understand your rights and options if you are charged with a first, second or third DUI. Fighting the charges is recommended since the consequences of a conviction are so severe.